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May 25, 2006

Barragan's Dance Gala Work Is Invited To American Dance Guild 50th Anniversary

Choreography that helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the University of Iowa Dance Gala has been invited to the 50th-anniversary of the American Dance Guild. Eloy Barragan, a faculty member in the UI Dance Department, will present contemporary ballet trio "En Tí, En Mí" at "Many Voices of Dance Today," the 50th Anniversary Festival of the American Dance Guild, which will be held in the New York City Hudson Guild Theater May 30 through June 4.

"En Tí, En Mí" (In You, In Me) -- based on his solo for the 2005 International Ballet Competition in Helsinki -- was premiered in the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala 2005 in Hancher Auditorium. Barragan submitted video of the Dance Gala production for the competition that determined the festival program.

"It is an honor to be recognized and selected as a choreographer to present my work for the American Dance Guild's festival," Barragan said.  "'En Tí, En Mí' was chosen through a video selection process -- I sent a Dance Gala 2005 video, with the students from the UI Dance Department performing.  Their talent and artistry made this invitation possible."

The performance at the festival by three dancers from the Richmond Ballet will feature the Dance Gala lighting design by Laurel Shoemaker and the costume design that resulted from Barragan's collaboration with Margaret Wenk of the UI Division of Performing Arts Production Unit.

"En Tí, En Mí" is a multifaceted trio that presents the sensuality, playfulness, valor and spirit in Latin American culture-especially in bull-fighting. The ballet was choreographed to the String Quartet composed by Alan Terricciano.

Barragan, a native of Mexico City, joined the UI faculty last fall. He has been the recipient of choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho Commission for the Arts and the State of Idaho Arts Commission. 

His contemporary ballets have been presented at the Bolshoi Theatre, the Finnish National Opera House, the Paris Conservatory, City Center in New York and the National Theatre of the Republic of Panama.  In the winter of 2005, Barragan was honored by the National Ballet of Panama with a performance of an entire evening of his choreography at the Teatro Nacional de Panama before the ministers of culture of Central America.

Competitively, his contemporary choreography has helped dancers win in the 2004 and 2005 Youth America Grand Prix, Spotlight Award 2005 and the 2005 Ballet Competition in Helsinki.

In his performing career Barragan was a soloist with Compania Nacional de Danza, Ballet Royal de Wallonie, Mainz Stattheater, Dortmundt Stattheater and Ballet de Monterrey, and he was a principal dancer and ballet master of Ballet Idaho and the Eugene Ballet. 

Thirty-four dance companies from across the United States will perform at the 50th anniversary festival and the American Dance Guild. The organization supports the creation of new dance, providing venues for performance in New York City and internationally; works with other dance organizations to promote information networking and resource sharing; acts as an informed voice on behalf of the field of dance to governmental, educational and corporate institutions as well as the general public; preserves in permanent records the work of living and historical artists and educators; and recognizes excellence through awards and scholarships. For additional information, visit www.americandanceguild.org.

"En Ti, En Mi" was made possible by the UI-Department of Dance, the Division of Performing Arts, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the office of the vice president for research, and the Richmond Ballet.

The Dance Department is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

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